Brought together by their love of chamber music and the simple joy of playing together, Sandbox Percussion captivates audiences with performances that are both visually and aurally stunning. Through compelling collaborations with composers and performers, Jonathan Allen, Victor Caccese, Ian Rosenbaum and Terry Sweeney seek to engage a wider audience for classical music.
Sandbox made their New York debut in 2012 on the Concerts on the Slope series in Brooklyn. Following that performance, they accepted an invitation to become artists-in-residence of the series and have returned in each subsequent season. Later that year, Sandbox worked closely with composer James Wood on his masterpiece Village Burial with Fire at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. While at Norfolk, Sandbox played alongside the great Hungarian percussion quartet Amadinda - Aurél Holló, a member of Amadinda, later said about Sandbox: “With an array of skills, talent and freshness, these young artists seem to be pushing their limits up in the skies, as I realized listening to them at the Yale New Music Workshop. Sandbox Percussion is the promising group of the near future, battering right on your door.”
Last season, Sandbox gave a TEDx talk in Brooklyn with the composer collective Blind Ear Music that showcased a computer program that enables a composer to compose music for live performers in real- time. Through a collaboration with the Yale School of Drama, Sandbox premiered composer/sound designer Palmer Hefferan’s effervescent multimedia piece, Forming the Year’s First Sky - a multi- movement work that combines intricate movement and lighting with music in a live concert setting.
This season, Sandbox will premiere works by Alex Weiser and Thomas Kotcheff as well as perform the powerful second movement of David Lang’s the so-called laws of nature at the DiMenna Center in Manhattan. Sandbox will also travel to South Carolina to perform one of György Ligeti’s final works, Síppal, dobbal, nádihegedüvel, with mezzo-soprano Elspeth Davis. Other highlights include performances and clinics at New Haven’s Festival of Arts and Ideas, The Curtis Institute of Music, Cornell University, the Peabody Institute, the Yale School of Music and a return to Brooklyn’s Concerts on the Slope series, where Sandbox will premiere a new work by Robert Sirota. Sandbox Percussion endorses Vic Firth sticks and mallets.